Astrid Sasse is a certified pharmacist who obtained her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Analysis from the Free University Berlin, Germany. She conducted post-doctoral studies funded by a Marie-Curie Fellowship (FP5) at INSERM in Paris, France on the identification of a human histamine H3 receptor subtype and genetic linkage of SNPs on histamine H3 and H4 receptors to schizophrenia. As a senior staff scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Goettingen, Germany she determined corticotropin-releasing factor receptor binding by ex vivo autoradiography, before joining the International Centre for Neurotherapeutics (ICNT) at DCU in 2004 where she was involved in the development of neurotoxins derived from botulinum toxin by protein engineering methods. In October 2008, she was appointed as Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at TCD. Asst. Prof. Sasse's background provides her with expertise in many areas of Pharmaceutical Sciences, such as a vast knowledge of Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Spectroscopy (UV-VIS, FT-IT, NMR, EI-MS), Molecular Biology, Receptor Binding Studies, Functional Assays as well as Protein Engineering and Analysis.
STEPS (Malta / European Social Fund), Velox (Industry), COST Action BM0806, Trinity College (Start-up grant), Science without Borders (Brazil).